Today’s suggested posting topic is Best of 2012: Share some of your favorite books so far this year, and/or the books being promoted at BEA that you hope will end up among your favorites for the year!These two are the most memorable books I've read this year:
Zeitoun ~ by Dave Eggers, 2009, history (Louisiana), 10/10
The Breath of God ~ by Jeffrey Small, 2011, fiction (Bhutan, India, Georgia, Connecticut), 9.5/10
As for books being promoted, I listened to Barbara Kingsolver's talk streamed from the BEA breakfast this morning. She talked about the changes in book production from papyrus to paper to digital.
"Durable things still endure. ... The nature of story has not changed in thousands of years. ... Nothing else out there puts you on the inside of another human mind ... That's our domain, we writers and readers and sellers of fiction. This is the magical thing we do that cannot be replaced. ... What endures is the book."Barbara Kingsolver's new book, to be published later this year, is Flight Behavior.
In the opening scene in the rural community of Feathertown, Tennessee, 29-year-old Dellarobia Turnbow is headed for a secluded mountain cabin to meet a man and initiate what she expects will be a self-destructive affair. But the tryst never happens. Instead, she walks into something on the mountainside she cannot explain or understand: a forested valley filled with silent red fire that appears to her a miracle. After years lived entirely in the confines of one small house, Dellarobia finds her path suddenly opening out, chapter by chapter, into blunt and confrontational engagement with her family, her church, her town, her continent, and finally the world at large.I love Kingsolver's books, which include The Poisonwood Bible, High Tide in Tucson, and Prodigal Summer.